Be the Problem Solver

An interviewing tip from a hiring manager – demonstrate problem solving tendencies as part of your answers/examples during an interview.

Even if this skill set is not ‘desired’ on the job posting, problem solving is a skill set that can win over a hiring manager.  Please note that during the interview, do not try to make every answer an example of you solving the problem on your own or ‘saving the day’ as this can leave the interviewer with the impression you are a show-off.  Instead, mix in examples where you suggested a tweak or where you pitched in as part of a group to fix something (when it was not part of your job responsibilities).  When concluding your story, be sure to include the net impact of your efforts.

People like to hire employees who get things done and try to improve the office.  There are very few roles where the preferred standard operating procedure is to stop, do nothing, and wait for a supervisor’s direction every time you encounter an obstacle.

Your future boss is probably looking for a person who can be resourceful and find possible answers to issues.

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About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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